The International Republican Institute (IRI) recently honored former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III with its 2011 Freedom Award for his exemplary public service and his work in international diplomacy.
"He was the right guy at the right time in so many circumstances and he has served our country in so many ways," U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of Baker in presenting the award. "When it comes to spreading freedom, you have done more than your fair share and when it comes to setting a standard, you are a role model."
The event featured a conversation with Baker, who is the namesake and honorary chair of the Baker Institute, and Thomas L. Friedman, who covered the secretary from 1989-1992 as chief diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.
In the conversation, which can be watched below, Friedman tells Baker that, "You are our last consequential secretary of state."
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